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EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

European Union privacy watchdogs will look deeper into the harvesting of personal data from social networks for economic or political purposes following the scandal engulfing Facebook Inc. after data from nearly 87 million users was improperly accessed.

“A multi-billion dollar social media platform saying it is sorry simply is not enough,” Andrea Jelinek, chair of the group of EU data protection authorities, said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica story continues to expand as the number of those affected by the data sharing kerfuffle now reportedly numbers 87 million, up from the 50 million Facebook had originally announced.

Of those 87 million, approximately 2.7 million were European. Facebook has expressed a “willingness to engage” with EU regulators after it was also revealed that 2 billion profiles were scraped.

Source: Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has agreed to testify in Washington over how his social network handled people’s data, according to people familiar with the decision.

Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements were not public. Mr. Zuckerberg may make other appearances; he has also been asked to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy – The New York Times

Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search

Investigators from Britain’s data watchdog have spent nearly seven hours searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica.

Eighteen enforcement officers entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London’s West End on Friday night to search the premises after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was granted a warrant to examine its records.

Source: Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search | News | The Guardian

Article 29 Working Party investigating Facebook-Cambridge Analytica

Reaction and developments generated by last weekend’s revelations that Cambridge Analytica processed and did not delete Facebook user data continue apace around the world.

Article 29 Working Party Chairwoman Andrea Jelinek said Wednesday the collection of EU data protection authorities is investigating the recent revelations involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, with the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office taking the lead role, Euractiv reports.

Source: Article 29 Working Party investigating Facebook-Cambridge Analytica

UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

Britain is investigating whether Facebook did enough to protect data after a whistleblower said a London-based political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.

Elizabeth Denham, the head of Britain’s Information Commission, is seeking a warrant to search the offices of consultancy Cambridge Analytica after a whistleblower revealed it had harvested the private information of millions of people to support Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Source: UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

The news involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues to rapidly evolve since reports came out last weekend exposing the improper handling of user data gleaned from the social network for political purposes.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms in its 2011 consent decree with the agency. Under the agreement, Facebook said it would get user consent prior to making specific changes to user privacy settings. With the consent decree in place, the FTC has the authority to fine Facebook more than $40,000 a day per violation. Facebook has denied it violated the consent decree.

Source: FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR

Facebook, its popular messaging app WhatsApp, and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation over how Facebook and WhatsApp share user data.

The ICO today announced that it has closed its investigation and concluded that WhatsApp and Facebook, in fact, cannot and do not share user data for anything other than basic data processing.

The two most significant upshots of this: WhatsApp (and Facebook) will not be fined; and the ICO has gotten WhatsApp to sign an undertaking in which it has committed publicly not to share personal data with Facebook in the future until the two services can do it in a way that is compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR, ICO closes investigation | TechCrunch

Facebook’s data collection faces antitrust charge in Germany

Facebook is using its position as the dominant social network to illegally track users across the internet and reinforce its might in online advertising, according to the preliminary conclusions of a probe by the German competition authority published Tuesday.

Source: Facebook’s data collection faces antitrust charge in Germany – POLITICO

UK’s ICO to investigate use of data analytics for political purposes

Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.  In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO Conference in March, that the ICO was assessing the use of micro-targeting by the Leave Campaign in the EU referendum. Now the initial look at the role of Cambridge Analytica (CA) and partner companies abroad has broadened into this formal investigation into micro-targeting services.

Source: Information Commissioner to investigate use of data analytics for political purposes including companies operating internationally – Privacy Laws & Business

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